Sun Dial


About this object

Sundial with portrait bust. Restored: patches on four front corners. Bust shows a male figure, draped, wearing a close-fitting cap. Ashmole suggested it represents someone who invented or improved the sundial, perhaps Pherecydes of Sygros. The lines show the Roman day-time in 12 equal parts. The end of the original gnomon (now lost) was at the centre of the sphere.

The sundial was placed by Blundell on an 18th century pillar with relief and inscription (59.148.128b) which is not currently on display.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 5, Space Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Palestrina
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    220 mm
  • Note
    Said to have been found at Palestrina (ancient Praeneste).
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

Explore related


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    Author: Ashmole, Bernard
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1929
    Description: An illustrated catalogue of the ancient sculptures collected by Henry Blundell and formerly at Ince Blundell Hall.

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882


Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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